Revs look to halt skid against top-ranked Crew

513672.jpg

Revs look to halt skid against top-ranked Crew

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO The New England Revolution will try to not let themselves get wrapped up in another seemingly endless winless skid on Saturday night as they take on the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium.

The Revs already suffered through a nine-game winless skid not too long ago, when they went two months without a victory. Heading into Saturdays match, theyre winless in their last three matches, after coming off a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium last Saturday.

And it wont be easy this Saturday in Columbus, as the Crew are the best team in the Eastern Conference with 34 points. Thats 13 more points than the seventh-place Revolution.

The Crew are real solid, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Theyve got a wee bit of everything. Theyve got a wee bit of pace. Theyve certainly got strength, plenty of strength. Theyre a big team. They dont make an awful lot of mistakes, and if you do make them, then theyve got players capable of punishing you. So we have to be really solid and make sure we dont give too much away.

New England will be without forward Rajko Lekic on Saturday night. Lekic is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a fractured big toe on his right foot. Franco Coria (MCL) and Kheli Dube (whiplash) will also miss Saturdays game for the Revs.

The good thing for the Revolution, 16-year-old Diego Fagundez will most likely be there to give them a similar spark that he gave last weekend. And perhaps hes the one thing preventing New England from falling into another nine-game winless skid.

Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

ola_kamara_092516.jpg

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May. 

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

MONTREAL - Kai Kamara scored in the first minute and Kelyn Rowe added two goals to help the New England Revolution beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second road victory of the season. New England moved two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Didier Drogba scored on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games.